The BMW 1 series E87 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2004, introducing the trademark features of BMW's flagship executive models in a smaller package. It is in other words a luxuriously comfortable ride as well as true joy to drive. With the E87 remaining in production right through until 2013, the lighting technology used in this car is however more than 15 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H7 / H7 halogen and D1S bi-xenon headlights.
The halogen version features an H7 reflector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general aging cause the reflective layer to peel off.
The bi-xenon setup features a 3.0-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. This projector is known to lose its reflective layer right to the point where it becomes black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your BMW 1 E87 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H1 halogen or D1S bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average BMW 1 E87 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your BMW 1 E87 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.